Actors Jitsukawa Enjaku I as Inuzuka Shino, No. 1 (R), and Ôtani Tomomatsu I as Inuta Kobungo, No. 2 (L), from the series The Valor of the Eight Dog Heroes of Satomi (Satomi Hakkenshi buyûden)

「里見八犬士武勇傳 犬田信乃 実川延若 一」 「犬田小文吾 大谷友松 二」

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 9th month
Artist Kinoshita Hironobu I (Japanese, active about 1851–1870), Publisher Kinokuniya Yasubei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 118; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #412

Dimensions

Vertical chûban diptych; 25 x 37 cm (9 13/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35063-4

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two sheets from an octaptych): 11.35063 (right), 11.35064 (left)

Play: Satomi Hakkenden
Theater: Chikugo
里見八犬傳
 筑後

Signed

Hironobu (on each sheet)
広信

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection